Mile 26 LA Marathon

Warning: Turn down the volume on your computer 'cause I am screaming like crazy as my dad runs by. The LA Marathon was yesterday and what a day. We went early and staked out a spot at the 26 mile… Continue Reading

In Demand

If there's one thing being with a group of published authors does for a writer aspiring to be published, it's inspire. That's how I spent my weekend at Left Coast Crime. Being inspired. But also being reminded that time is… Continue Reading

Left Coast Crime 2010: Booked in LA

Tomorrow begins Left Coast Crime, my first conference of 2010. It's also the first time I've attended Left Coast Crime, but with an author list like this (and the fact it's in LA this year) how could I miss it?… Continue Reading

Authors on the Move

Over the weekend, Mick and I traveled to Sacramento to attend Authors on the Move, an event which benefited the Sacramento Public Library Foundation. My talented brother, John O'Neill, chaired the event, and it was a huge success. Although the… Continue Reading

2009 Recap #1: Secrets of the Samarai Sword

Note: This post was originally published on July 25, 2009 My husband and I just watched a program on PBS called Secrets of the Samarai Sword. It’s available to watch on the internet, and I recommend it. There are several… Continue Reading

Friday Link-O-Rama 9/11

Today is a day of reflection as we look back upon the terrible events of 9/11, eight years ago. Reading Underground - The subway remains an "unconnected" place. And so, New Yorkers read. via @mitaliperkins Pug in my Computer – Something… Continue Reading

Why I Tweet (And You Should Too)

I joined Twitter around the same time I joined Facebook, but I never used it because, well, it didn't seem very useful to me.  At the time, I suppose it wasn't.  I only truly got interested in it in the… Continue Reading

PAWS/LA on Facebook

As many of you know I've been a volunteer for PAWS/LA since 2001.  Since that time, the staff and volunteers of PAWS/LA have worked hard to grow the organization and I am so proud of it. PAWS/LA clients, which includes… Continue Reading

Fuck Cancer

I didn't come up with the line "fuck cancer," but I wish I did.  A good friend of mine from high school was diagnosed with bile duct cancer a month ago and one of her friends made her a necklace… Continue Reading


I’m not sure what triggered it, but today I did a search on YouTube for my former choir director, Paul Salamunovich, and found this: Okay, I’m not asking you to look at almost 10 minutes of video of a boring… Continue Reading